Serendipity Day is observed on August 18 of each year. The word Serendipity is not a common term, yet the meaning of the word suits any human living on the earth. In simple, Serendipity is the occurrence and development of any events by chance in a happy or useful way. i.e., Serendipity is otherwise termed as a happy accident or a pleasant surprise. Serendipity Day is celebrated to encourage people to face those unexpected good things.
The willingness to live your life as though everything is a miracle….with the belief at any moment, something wonderful is about to happen.” – Madeleine Kay
History of Serendipity Day
The Serendipity Day was celebrated for the first time in the year 2010. Serendipity, in general, represents an ability to make desirable discoveries by accident. The history of the word Serendipity dates back to the mid-1700s. It was first coined by English author Horace Walpole in the year 1754. The author explained the root cause of the word to his friend in a letter. He mentioned that the word he found was taken from a Persian fairy tale called The Three Princes of Serendip. The narration of the tale is all about the three princes who were expelled from the kingdom of Serendip aka Sri Lanka to prove their worth. Serendipitous moments occurs as soon as they travel the world as they made discoveries by accidents which they hadn’t looked for. Thus, Serendipity referred to a journey and discovering something unexpected. The purpose of the Serendipity Day is to provide people with a chance to live serendipitously. It also means one must be open to the endless opportunities that life has to offer and welcome them.
Other Celebrations on August 18
August 18, 2018, is also celebrated as
- National Pinot Noir Day
- National Mail Order Catalog Day
- National Bad Poetry Day
- World Honey Bee Day
- Break the Monotony Day
- International Geocaching Day
- International Homeless Animal’s Day
How to Celebrate Serendipity Day
The brilliant way to celebrate Serendipity Day is by following the instructions of Madeleine Kay. He says one will discover unexpected situations, a Serendipitous moment by stepping out of the comfort zone and routines. Trusting, helping the unknown person and living for the present moment will let one experience the Serendipity. If you have discovered any such things, then post your pictures along with your Serendipitous moments on the social media with the hashtag #SerendipityDay.